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January 13, 2010
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
November 2, 2009
From journal Go to Rio
June 27, 2008
From journal Rio de Janeiro, City of Contrasts
Poughkeepsie, New York
July 8, 2006
From journal A Jew and a Muslim Spend Christmas in Brazil...
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 20, 2004
When you arrive, a slew of tour guides will approach you, offering to personally drive you to the top instead of waiting for the potentially crowded tram. Considering that it costs $30R for a round-trip ticket for the tram, you won’t get ripped off if you go with the guide, but I’d recommend breezing by them and just taking the tram. Take a walk around the waiting area, checking out the photographs and history behind the construction of Christ, which was finished (9 years late) in 1931. There’s also a café selling candy, coffee, guarana drinks, etc.
The departure time for the next tram is listed right above the entrance, so go ahead and step in line about 15 minutes before it arrives to ensure a seat on the right side of the tram. As it slowly crawls up the side of Corcovado, you’ll get the best views of the tropical valleys below, and catch a glimpse of the villages that sprawl up the side.
Make sure you choose a clear day for your outing. Because of its high elevation, even on days that seem clear, a fine mist of clouds can hinder the eye-popping views you’ll get from the base of the statue. We were lucky enough to arrive at the perfect time, as by the time we rode back down, it was already too cloudy to get the views we had enjoyed just an hour earlier.
Speaking of the views: man . . . totally insane. The Atlantic Ocean, the beaches, Rio . . . wow. And oh, yeah—turn around and there’s Christ the Redeemer, an Art Deco masterpiece that you just can’t help but stare at for a while. You’ll undoubtedly have your camera on overdrive just like the other equally captivated visitors. Just about everyone thought it was cute to have their picture taken in front of Christ with their arms outstretched like Him—we didn’t.
Tourist attraction? Maybe—but this one’s the real deal. Don’t miss it.
From journal Thumbs Up Rio!
January 3, 2007
From journal Sun and Surf in Rio
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
April 19, 2006
Take the train from Cosme Velho station. It's a rickety thing, but you travel up through the forest, which is entertaining in itself. Friends who've gone up by car have mainly ended up with vomiting children in the back because of the twisting road.
There are elevators and escalators from the train to the statue itself, so there aren't endless stairs, unless you feel like the penance!
I recommend going either early morning (10 to 11am) or after 3:30pm, when crowds are lighter. There is a decent cafe and souvenir stalls up at the top, and no rip-offs, which is nice! The best photo is from the far end of the top deck, facing the statue. You just have to push your way through to get there!
Be warned that on some holidays, like Christmas and especially New Year's Eve, this place is crazy.
From journal Living in Rio
May 3, 2005
The Christ The Redeemer Statue is a 100-foot statue of Christ with His arms stretched out overlooking the city. This statue is located at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Our group visited this famous landmark on a Friday evening and seemed to have the whole mountain to ourselves.
We were given tickets for the train ride up the steep mountain. The ride up the 2,300-foot mountain took about 20 minutes. Along the way, we passed through a rain forest. Then, occasionally, we would see houses or maybe someone just hanging out along the tracks.
When we arrived at the drop-off point, there were a quite a few steps to walk up in order to get to the statue area. Unfortunately, there was some restoration work going on while we were there, so the statue was surrounded by scaffolding. It was still awesome to look at up close despite all the scaffolding. Seeing this statue gave me an appreciation for how much work must have gone into building a structure this big on top of a mountain this tall. The statue as completed in 1931 after 5 years of construction.
The view from the top of the mountain was absolutely spectacular. You could see the city, the ocean, a forested area, the beach, and more. The sun was going down and little by little you could see the city lights starting to illuminate. There is a souvenir shop just down the steps from the statue. We stopped in to have a look around. The prices seemed to be in line with the prices of souvenirs we were seeing in the shops around the hotel.
From journal Brazil Trip - Rio de Janeiro
by Jim Rosenberg
December 7, 2002
From journal Rio de Janeiro: It's more than a trip to the beach
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
July 27, 2003
My tips are:
1. Check out the weather before doing the trip to the top. It can be a beautiful day & just when you arrive at the top, the clouds can come over & completely obscure--& I mean completely cover--the whole statue.
2. Skip the tour bus scene. Take a local bus & allow an hour travelling each way. Just ask your hotel porters which number to take.
3. When you arrive you will be be approached by touts that offer to drive you up the scenic route for the same cost. For my money if you didn't take the original red railway through the forest it would not be the true experience.
4. Be warned. When you arrive at the top there are still lots of steps to climb up to the base of the statue.
Finally, standing at the top under that soaring statue whose arms spread out in an embrace with the whole vista of fantastic & hedonistic Rio laid out before you, is simply unforgettable. You will find that you will pick out points of reference easily and feel that you could almost just reach out and touch them. The apartment buildings just seem to be fighting with each other for space in between the numerous mountains jutting up in between; the glittering blue sea sprinkled with diamonds from the sun; each delicately laced with their individual white collars of sand and then the large expanse of the Lago Rodrigo de Freitas in the centre.
It is really one of the most memorable and photographic travel experiences that will ever have the pleasure to experience.
From journal When my baby and I went to Rio